UNIX Commands in Windows Command Prompt

How to use UNIX commands in Windows 10:

  1. Download and install the latest version of Cygwin. (32-bit) or (64-bit)
  2. Follow the steps in this tutorial if you want detailed instructions about the installation. The installation takes a while, but it’s normal.
  3. After installation finishes, open your Advanced System Settings in the Control Panel.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Go to Environment Variables.
  6. In the second table labeled System Variables, find Path and click Edit.

    cygwin UNIX

  7. Scroll to the end of the Variable Value list and enter the path of your \cygwin\bin\ folder. Remember to close the previous path with a semicolon, so your path should look something like this: ;C:\cygwin\bin\


  8. Click OK and close all the windows.
  9. Open your Windows command prompt and type ls -l to test your installation.
  10. Yay! Now you can use UNIX commands within your command prompt.

I installed this today on my Windows 10 OS and had no problems. Feel free to leave a comment if you are getting errors and I’ll try to help.